Can I Password Protect Wordpress via htaccess?

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Joe_Shiki / 62 Points
2013-09-19 11:30 pm EST

One of my teachers is taking some students on an overseas trip, and I would like to make a wordpress blog site for the pics and articles that would be visible only to certain people, such as parents and teachers.

Ideally, I would like to protect the site with one password. That way, I could give that password to other teachers and parents who wish to access or view the site.

I would like to allow those with the password to be able to download pictures if they wish, but I do not want anyone to be able to link to pictures (by that I mean being able to put the link to the picture in the browser bar and see the picture without putting in the password.)

Is this something that I need to use plugins for? Or should I password protect the folder somehow?

Thanks in advance for any help or advice.


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For example, could I use htaccess password protect on a folder with wordpress installed inside?

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2013-09-20 02:17 am EST

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2013-09-20 9:50 am EST
Hello Joe_Shiki,

Thank you for your question. Yes, you can password protect Wordpress using the .htacess file, here is a helpful guide on how to accomplish that.

There is also a password protect option in cPanel, that adds the code for your .htaccess for you. But keep in mind, sometimes this does not work; depending how your .htaccess is coded, it can interfere with the functionality.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
Thank you,


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Hi John Paul,
Thanks. I installed wordpress into a folder in my domain, then I used cPanel to password protect it. This seems to work well.
Anyone who wants to see the blog has to put in the password and username. It also is impossible to link to the pictures without going through the same password page, so it seems to have worked.

I can recommend this method to anyone who needs to limit the viewers of their blog to a certain group of people.
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2013-09-22 1:34 am EST
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